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"Praising God"

December 30, 2003

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Glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen. Luke 2:20

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

The shepherds glorified and praised God for all they had heard and seen. Praising God is a natural response when people witness His salvation in their lives and in the lives of others.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 31
It was back to work on Tuesday. The children weren’t in school, so Bill was thankful for the extra 30 minutes of sleep—especially after a long day of exchanging gifts at the mall!

When he arrived, there was a message from Chuck to stop by during the day. That afternoon he was able to visit. Chuck began to talk about the party at Bill’s house. He liked meeting the guys from the church. He said, “My past and my troubles didn’t seem to matter to them. I felt like I was accepted for who I am.”

Then he began to talk about his experience while reading “The Christmas Story.” He said, “I wonder if Jesus can help me. I feel like I really do need a savior right now.”

Bill was amazed. He had just opened his mouth to respond when he got a page to fix a computer problem in accounting. He said, “Chuck, let’s have lunch together tomorrow.” Chuck confirmed the appointment.

As Bill walked away, he was praising God for how the Spirit was working in Chuck.

REALITY JOURNEY
When the fruit of your witness is seen in the desire of another person who wants to know more about Jesus, give thanks to God for His working in the life of that person and that He allowed you the privilege of being His witness.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that people who are hearing the Gospel will be moved by the Holy Spirit to want to know Jesus.

Today's Bible Readings: Malachi 1-2    Revelation 21

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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